Earlier this week, a former employee of the game content empire Rooster teeth accuses the company of underpaying them, overworking and using racist and homophobic language against them, among many other things. Now, Rooster Teeth addresses the allegations with a statement that they will cut content…just this week.
Rooster Teeth is a game-focused production company that has been in business since 2003. It has made so many different kinds of allegations that in 2020, one community member created a spreadsheet only to hold claims of sexual misconduct. Currently a multitude of allegations, including descriptions of injury at work that workers say they have been forced to leave work without treatment due to working long hours, and a staff that is often sloppysparked by a statement by longtime employee Kdin Jenzen posted on Twitter This week describes eight years of intense work, lack of pay, and cross-sectional phobia.
Initially, when many former employees accused Rooster Teeth of terrible treatment (actress Mica Burton say on Twitter that some Rooster Teeth employees “pushed me to try and take my own life”), the company simply stated. on October 16 that by 2020 “many individuals at Rooster Teeth have acknowledged personal responsibility for their actions both internally and externally”. Readers have not very impressedSo on October 18, Rooster Teeth is back with another lackluster statement on Twitter.
“As a company, we sincerely apologize for the hateful and harmful behavior that has occurred in the past,” the content team wrote. “We have to do better. We’re sorry.”
It went on to describe a series of management changes it made in 2020, including “a whole new staffing team” that has done things like set pay rates and adjust compensation. employees to “meet market values”. The company also said that, since last summer, it has begun paying employees to volunteer in DEI efforts and that, “We have committed to change to avoid repetition and always be accountable.” .” Rooster Teeth did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
While the fans of Rooster and a former community leader expressed disappointment with another statement that seemed rather amorphous and downplayed the gravity of the allegations, a ten minute clip from 2009 where Jenzen says n-words many times while talking about Family boy undulating from the primordial soup of the internet.
Jenzen responded to the video that caused trouble for both of them on October 17 and in a longer statement posted on Twitter on October 18writes, “I am fully aware that my previous behavior and words were serious, and for some, myself included, unforgivable.”
“I know I can’t take back the words I said years ago, I can only keep getting better,” Jenzen wrote. “I know all of this coming to light has lost the message and I was really part of the problem for a while. I’m not that person anymore and I hope I’m the one who doesn’t deny what RT did.”
It’s not likely that anything can completely draw attention away from Teeth’ many accusations of painful reading. As former producer Patrick Rodriguez write on twitter“It’s not like bonding through trauma.”